HPE Completes Acquisition of Nimble Storage

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Nimble Storage, Inc., the San Jose, Calif.-based provider of predictive all-flash and hybrid-flash storage solutions. HPE paid $12.50 per share in cash representing a net cash purchase price at closing of $1.0 billion. In addition to the purchase price, HPE assumed or paid out Nimble’s unvested equity awards, with a value of approximately $200 million at closing.

The acquisition of Nimble strengthens HPE’s leadership in Hybrid IT and:

  • Expands HPE’s position in the high-growth flash storage market, which was estimated to be approximately $15 billion in 2016 and nearly $20 billion by 2020, with the all-flash segment growing at a nearly 17 percent compound annual growth rate [1]. 
  • Creates a comprehensive, leading-edge storage portfolio by bringing together Nimble’s predictive flash offerings for the entry to midrange segments with HPE’s scalable midrange to high-end 3PAR solutions, SimpliVity solutions and affordable MSA products.
  • Accelerates Nimble’s growth momentum by bringing together complementary product portfolios and leveraging HPE’s expansive go-to-market capability, partner ecosystem and leading server platform.

“This deal, in combination with our recent acquisitions, helps deliver on our vision of making Hybrid IT simple for our customers,” said Antonio Neri, EVP and GM, Enterprise Group, HPE. “Through these strategic investments, we are continuing to strengthen and deepen our portfolio of next generation, software-defined, differentiated solutions that meet the new challenges our customers are facing.”

IDC referred to the acquisition as a “home run” that “will benefit both HPE and Nimble customers alike” in one of their latest industry reports, which can be downloaded here.

Nimble was founded in 2007 and has approximately 1,300 employees worldwide. The company delivered revenue of $402 million in its most recent fiscal year, up 25 percent year over year. 

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to HPE earnings in the first full fiscal year following the close.

Transaction Details

As previously announced, the tender offer (the “Offer”) by a wholly owned subsidiary of HPE, and all withdrawal rights thereunder, expired at the end of the day, 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on April 13, 2017.  An aggregate of 75,566,796 Nimble shares were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer, representing approximately 80.8% of the Nimble shares then outstanding.  HPE’s wholly owned subsidiary accepted for payment all Nimble Storage shares that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer, and payment for such shares will be promptly made by the depositary.

This morning, HPE consummated the merger of its wholly owned subsidiary with and into Nimble, with Nimble continuing as the surviving corporation, pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement and in accordance with Section 251(h) of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.  In the merger, each Nimble share outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger (other than shares held (i) by Nimble as treasury stock or by HPE or its subsidiary that merged with Nimble, which shares were canceled and have ceased to exist, (ii) by any wholly owned subsidiary of Nimble or any other wholly owned subsidiary of HPE, which shares were converted into such number of shares of common stock of the surviving corporation so as to maintain relative ownership percentages or (iii) by any Nimble stockholders who validly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law with respect to such shares) was automatically canceled and converted into the right to receive $12.50 per share, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes.

Upon completion of the merger, Nimble became a wholly owned subsidiary of HPE.  As a result of the merger, all Nimble shares will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.  Nimble shares are expected to be delisted prior to the open of trading today.

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Forward-looking Statements
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HPE and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements regarding the anticipated benefits of the acquisition described above, as well as those risks that are described in HPE’s SEC reports, including but not limited to the risks described in HPE’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended October 31, 2016. HPE assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

[1] Source: IDC Disk Forecast, December 2016


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